October 25, 2006
ANOTHER CONVICTION IN UMBC CORRUPTION CASE
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Andrew M. Reider, 47, of Powhurst Court in Perry Hall, has
been convicted of Procurement Fraud, Felony Theft, and Bribery,
in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Andrew Reider pled guilty before the Honorable John G. Turnbull,
II in connection with his role in orchestrating various criminal
schemes from 1998 through 2004, involving construction projects
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In the
court proceedings, Reider, a former Project Manager in UMBC’s
Construction Services, admitted that he developed and carried
out a scheme to create and submit false and inflated invoices
to the University, which resulted in the theft of over $136,000
from UMBC. About half of the stolen funds went to Reider’s
benefit, and the other half was used to renovate the home of
Reider’s immediate supervisor. At the direction of the
same supervisor, Reider directed another scheme to pass through
to UMBC over $34,000 in materials for the renovations of the
supervisor’s home. Reider also admitted to soliciting bribes
from various contractors, including home improvements, mobile
phone service, golf outings, and various entertainment expenses.
In exchange for these benefits, Reider used his position as a
Project Manager to illegally steer UMBC construction projects
to various contractors.
is scheduled for February 5, 2007, before Judge Turnbull. Under
the terms of the plea agreement, Reider could receive up
to 2 ½ years of incarceration. Reider is the fifth person
to be convicted in Attorney General Curran’s investigation.
Patrick Sisk was convicted of Bribery and Theft; Joseph Cheek and Dennis Roberts were both convicted of Bribery and another individual was convicted of Felony Theft. All are awaiting sentencing.
The case was
referred by the UMBC Police Department, and investigated by the
Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division,
the Maryland State Police, and the University System of Maryland
Internal Audit Office.